I’ve done a review of two officially licensed pro controllers for the PS4 that are right now only out in Europe. The Nacon Revolution and the Razer Raiju. Now the question is, is it worth grabbing one of these right away, importing one, or waiting to have it come out stateside. Or is it better to instead just right now jump for a fully kidded out Scuf controller. So to start, let’s just talk about form factor and the overall comfort of each controller’s design. Now it’s pretty clear that both the Raiju and Revolution are much more closely based on an Xbox One controller rather than a PS4.
Personally I do think this is a more comfortable option. The Raiju is pretty much the same while the Revolution is close but a little blockier, a little thicker in the grips while the Scuf controller is basically just a modified PS4 Dualshock. So that’s actually one benefit if you’re used to a PS4 controller and you don’t want to use something that’s like an Xbox controller, this is gonna feel a lot more familiar to you. It also has the benefit of being an actual wireless controller, whereas both the Revolution and Raiju are gonna use a wire. Now of course comfort is only so important. What’s more important for your performance is button and stick quality.
So let’s start by looking at the Raiju. Now the one thing about this controller I don’t like that I want to get out of the way is the stick design. It’s not exactly concave and it does have this rubber grip design, but it still feels really slippery to me. Now you might be thinking oh I’ll just buy a KontrolFreek to add on top of that it will be fine, that won’t work either because the stick heads are a little larger in diameter than a PS4, so that’s not gonna fit.
Aside from that though, I like pretty much everything else on this controller. The dpad’s okay, but the triggers are amazing. I like all the different customizable buttons that are easy to access. And all the front facing buttons are mechanical which is really cool actually once you start using it.
Now moving on to the Revolution, while I didn’t like the sticks on the Raiju, I really like the sticks on this one. It has my favorite layout of a concave stick on the left hand and a convex stick on the right. This is gonna keep your thumb placed here and give you a nice precise controlled movements for FPS games on this one. Everything else is a little more hit and miss. I don’t really care for the shoulder buttons. They remind me a lot of the PS3 where it’s this very kind of soft and not satisfying trigger pull.
Feels weird to me. The buttons are a little larger which makes them easier to hit, especially if you’re very frantic. One thing that’s hit and miss definitely are the customizable buttons. I love these ones here.
I hate these ones here. This is comfortable. This is not. Then we have the Scuf controller. Now it is worth mentioning that with Scuf everything you do is made to order so you will pick what options you want.
For the purpose of this video I fully kidded it out and did everything other than a paint job. But if there’s something you don’t like, you don’t have to do that. You can just order everything else.
So looking at all these add-ons I mean you can see we have these trigger extenders, you have this circle pad design for the dpad which does make it easier for rolling, but if you want to use traditional design you can just lift it off. You can also pick whatever sticks you want, there are four options. I went with my favorite, concave on the left, convex and taller on the right. And you can remove them and put other sticks in if you want to change for different games.
You also have these paddles on the back which act as two additional buttons that you can customize. Speaking of customization this is something that each of the controllers handles very very differently. Let’s start by looking at the Revolution because it’s the only one of these controllers that uses software for its customization. That means you actually have to hook it up to your PC and launch an app for doing any of the little tweaks and customization options you want, for things like trigger sensitivity or unique to this controller, stick acceleration and even creating full blown macros to use on the customizable buttons. Now the Raiju on the other hand is actually very light on customization options compared to the other two. It’s mostly pure quality without options.
What you can do though is activate trigger stops with these little switches on the back. You can remove these customizable buttons back here if you don’t like them by just using a screw driver that comes with it and you can customize the buttons using an onboard control deck right here along with having audio controls. And then this brings us back to the Scuf controller which like I said earlier you can order these however you like and so it’s designed to be very modular and all the different physical bits can be changed in and out. You can chance the different dpad designs. Change out sticks.
Do different button mappings on the back paddles. Change out the triggers and one of the more interesting things too are how you do trigger controls by activating stops by using a little screw attachment to move this down here. You also can remap these buttons using an electric tool we use to attach to the back, hit the paddle you want to change, hit the button and then release.
So in the end which of these controllers is best to go with? Well honestly this is actually a really tough decision because they each have such different individual strengths and unique approaches that it really comes down to what you personally prefer. Now in my case I’m leaning a bit more towards the Razer Raiju. While I don’t care for the sticks that much I like everything else about it.
It has the most comfortable grip and I never knew how badly I wanted mechanical buttons on a controller until I started using it. After that the Nacon Revolution and coming in last place for me the Frankenstein that is a fully kidded out Scuf controller.